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China's Quantum Space Pioneer: We Need to Explore the ­nknown
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China's Quantum Space Pioneer: We Need to Explore the ­nknown

Physicist Pan Jian-Wei is the architect of the world's first attempt to set up a quantum communications link between Earth and space—an experiment that is set to...

Bitter Fight Over Crispr Patent Heats Up
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Bitter Fight Over Crispr Patent Heats Up

A versatile technique for editing genomes has been called the biggest biotechnology advancesince the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and the US Patent and Trademark...

Rebooted Kepler Spacecraft Hauls in the Planets
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Rebooted Kepler Spacecraft Hauls in the Planets

In the second phase of its life as a planet hunter, NASA's Kepler spacecraft is raking in exoplanet discoveries that are surprisingly different from those found...

Enzyme Tweak Boosts Precision of Crispr Genome Edits
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Enzyme Tweak Boosts Precision of Crispr Genome Edits

A powerful technique for editing genomes is now more precise.

The Physics of Life
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The Physics of Life

First, Zvonimir Dogic and his students took microtubules—threadlike proteins that make up part of the cell's internal 'cytoskeleton'—and mixed them with kinesins...

Feuding Physicists Turn to Philosophy For Help
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Feuding Physicists Turn to Philosophy For Help

Is string theory science?

Paradox at the Heart of Mathematics Makes Physics Problem ­nanswerable
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Paradox at the Heart of Mathematics Makes Physics Problem ­nanswerable

A logical paradox at the heart of mathematics and computer science turns out to have implications for the real world, making a basic question about matter fundamentally...

Japan's Venus Orbiter Makes Comeback
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Japan's Venus Orbiter Makes Comeback

Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft has entered orbit around Venus, five years after its first attempt failed.

Gene-Editing Summit Supports Some Research in Human Embryos
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Gene-Editing Summit Supports Some Research in Human Embryos

Gene-editing technology should not be used to modify human embryos that are intended for use in establishing a pregnancy, an international summit declared in a...

Artificial Intelligence Called In to Tackle Lhc Data Deluge
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Artificial Intelligence Called In to Tackle Lhc Data Deluge

The next generation of particle-collider experiments will feature some of the world's most advanced thinking machines, if links now being forged between particle...

Biologists Create More Precise Molecular Scissors For Genome Editing
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Biologists Create More Precise Molecular Scissors For Genome Editing

By tweaking an enzyme that cuts DNA, synthetic biologists say that they can make genome editing even more specific—an essential improvement if the technique is...

Genome Editing: 7 Facts About a Revolutionary Technology
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Genome Editing: 7 Facts About a Revolutionary Technology

The ethics of human-genome editing is in the spotlight again as a large international meeting on the topic is poised to kick off in Washington DC.

Martian Moon Set to Form Ring Around Red Planet
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Martian Moon Set to Form Ring Around Red Planet

One day, Mars may have rings like Saturn does.

Leap-Second Decision Delayed By Eight Years
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Leap-Second Decision Delayed By Eight Years

A leap second is gone in the blink of an eye. But a long-awaited decision on whether to ditch these occasional time insertions—which ensure that official time is...

Icy Volcanoes May Dot Pluto's Surface
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Icy Volcanoes May Dot Pluto's Surface

Two icy volcanoes may lurk near Pluto's south pole, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft suggest.

Synthetic Biology Lures Silicon Valley Investors
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Synthetic Biology Lures Silicon Valley Investors

In 2012, Emily Leproust was trying to raise money to start Twist Bioscience, a company that aimed to synthesize DNA more quickly and more cheaply than existing...

Software Predicts Slew of Fiendish Crystal Structures
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Software Predicts Slew of Fiendish Crystal Structures

Sketch the structure of an organic molecule on a napkin and it may not be apparent that there are millions of possible ways that it could assemble as a 3D crystal...

Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine
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Artificial-Intelligence Institute Launches Free Science Search Engine

With Google Scholar, PubMed, and other free academic databases at their fingertips, scientists may feel they have plenty of resources to trawl through the ever-growing...

Rosetta Sniffs Oxygen Around Comet 67p
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Rosetta Sniffs Oxygen Around Comet 67p

Scientists have detected molecules of oxygen in the hazy halo of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko—an unexpected discovery that may challenge theories about the formation...

Vast Cosmic Voids Merge Like Soap Bubbles
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Vast Cosmic Voids Merge Like Soap Bubbles

Vast regions of near-empty space in the Universe are growing and shrinking, much as bubbles merge and separate in soapsuds, astronomers have discovered.
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